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date: 27 January 2022



The three of us, all Professors of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, bridge the academic and practitioner communities. We have focused our efforts on tying academic theory and scholarly analysis to the practical needs of the national security community with an eye to improving outcomes. In our work individually and collectively, we owe a great debt to all of our students, shipmates, and colleagues. In particular, we would like to thank our department chairs David Cooper and Joan Johnson-Freese for creating a rich environment to think, research, and write about national security. We are also grateful to the presidents of the Naval War College who support academic freedom and affirm our college founder’s vision that “The War College is a place of original research on all questions relating to war and to statesmanship connected with war, or the prevention of war.”

Many people helped along the way in assembling a volume of this size and scope. Among them are Jeff Lightfoot, Tanna Wise, and Anne Jerome.

Several of the ideas contained here began in earlier form. We thank Orbis and Georgetown University Press for previously publishing ideas by Mackubin T. Owens, Derek S. Reveron, and Nikolas K. Gvosdev. Thomas Nichols acknowledges the University of Pennsylvania Press for publishing his ideas in No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security. Kathleen A. Mahoney-Norris and Derek S. Reveron acknowledge Westview for publishing their ideas in Human Security: Threats without Borders. Marc Vielledent would like to express his sincerest appreciation to Edward F. Dorman III, Chris D. Johnson, Nate Finney, Derek Reveron, and his wife, Becky for their expertise, encouragement, and unwavering support—all of which directly contributed to this project.

The staff of Oxford University Press impressed us with the attention they provided us and the care they exercised during the editing process. In particular, we thank Toby Wahl for his guidance and Alyssa Callan for her patience as we worked through the complexity of assembling a volume of this size. The hardworking copyeditors, stylists, and formatters at Newgen ensured the volume was readable and consistent. Their attention to detail is much appreciated.

Any factual errors or logical fallacies are those of the authors alone. While many of the authors used their national security experiences to inform their writing, the views expressed in this work are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Navy, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. government. (p. xxii) (p. xxiii)